You Probably Are Not Fully Removing Your Private Photos and Data Before Selling Your Old Technology

Old email addresses, thousands of credit card numbers, love letters and even pornography: these are just some of the data researchers have found left behind on devices for sale on the secondhand market.

These results are concerning for the National Association for Information Destruction, the international trade association for the secure information destruction industry. NAID’s mission is to help companies meet regulatory standards for data erasure set by the Defense Department and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

CEO Bob Johnson told Quartz private data can be successfully removed from old devices, but many resellers just don’t take the necessary precautions to delete it. E-waste not stripped of sensitive information can be an easy target for identity theft….

Source: You Probably Are Not Fully Removing Your Private Photos and Data Before Selling Your Old Technology – Nextgov.com

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